Edinson Cavani, Luis Suarez and Diego Godin of Uruguay pose for a World Cup portrait in Russia. Photograph:  Getty Images

As the Uruguay team boarded their plane bound for the World Cup, elaborate thermos flasks under their arms, the cargo was loaded in the hold: boots, s(...)

Edinson Cavani of Uruguay celebrates scoring a goal against Wales. Photograph: Reuters

Wales 0 Uruguay 1 Uruguay beat Wales 1-0 to win the China Cup final in Nanning thanks to a Edinson Cavani goal on his 100th international appearance.(...)

Colombia’s James Rodriguez celebrates after scoring his second against Uruguay  at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. Photograph: Sergio Moraes / Reuters

Colombia 2 Uruguay 0 Uruguay followed their shamed striker Luis Suarez out of the World Cup as the furore over his lengthy ban for biting was e(...)

Uruguay are likely to try to hit Colombia them on the break through their  one remaining world-class player, striker Edinson Cavani (right). Photograph: EPA

Inevitably the Luis Suárez situation has overshadowed the build-up to today’s second round match. And while he will be absent the disgraced striker(...)

Luis Suarez of Uruguay  during the  Group D match against Italy  at Estadio das Dunas on June 24th, 2014 in Natal. Photograph:  Clive Rose/Getty Images

Italy 0 Uruguay 1Uruguay knocked Italy out of the World Cup but the only thing people were talking about at Natal’s Estadio das Dunas tonight was Luis(...)

Uruguay’s Luis Suarez, El Pistolero, love him or hate, he’s some player.  Photograph: Enrique Castro-Mendivil / Reuters

Manager: Oscar Tabarez Best finish: Winners (1930, 1950) World Cup record: P 51, W 20, D 12, L 19 History Hosts of the first World (...)

A Jordanian fan keeps the faith during today’s World Cup play-off against Uruguay. Photograph: Muhammad Hamed/Reuters

Twice champions Uruguay all but booked a place at next year’s World Cup finals with a thumping 5-0 win away to outsiders Jordan in the first leg of th(...)